“Dancing with the Stars” is fundamentally about dance ability, but popularity is just as important. Half of the results are determined by the scores from the judges, but the other half come from fickle fans voting at home. And though we always know exactly where the stars stand with the judges it’s harder to gauge the viewers’ tastes. But this week’s YouTube stats suggest that gymnast Simone Biles is the most popular dancer of week two.
“Dancing with the Stars” released all of Monday night’s performances on YouTube, and as of this writing Biles’s cha cha is the most watched routine with 223,000 views (watch it above). That’s despite the fact that Biles took a dip in her judges’ scores, from 32 out of 40 on premiere night to 29 for her second dance. But Biles is a consistent favorite among online streaming viewers: this time last week she was the third most viewed contestant.
In second place is singer Normani Kordei with 192,000 streams thus far. She has a huge fan base thanks to her music group Fifth Harmony, and she finished at the top of the judges’ leaderboard this week, which likely helped her move up from her first dance, which was only the fourth most watched in week one.
The big surprise may be baseball player David Ross. He had the second most watched video last week with more than half a million views. He didn’t match that number of streams this time around, but despite losing ground on the judges’ leaderboard in week two (eighth place, down from third place in week one), he’s still one of YouTube’s most popular contestants, ranking third with 183,000 views at the moment.
Hunky bull rider and model Bonner Bolton moved in the opposite direction. Last week he had the most watched dance of the week, and he has since surpassed a million online views for that routine. But even though his scores from the judges improved in week-two, he’s down to fourth place in the YouTube rankings with 167,000.
“Glee” actress Heather Morris is in fifth with 148,000 views. Her ranking last week was the same. That leaves football player Rashad Jennings down in sixth place with only 80,000. That’s surprising: he tied Kordei as the judges’ favorite dancer in week two, but his routine has been streamed fewer than half as many times. His high scores will likely keep him safe for a while, but if his online viewership numbers are at all indicative of his popularity with “DWTS” fan voters, he may be at risk of a surprise elimination if he ever has an off week in the ballroom.
Of course, YouTube views don’t mean a thing if those viewers aren’t voting when it counts, but it could give us a glimpse into who is making the biggest impact on the audience. Take a look below at this week’s most watched YouTube performance videos as of this writing. The exact numbers change by the minute as more people stream the performances, so the rankings are what really count.
1. Simone Biles — 223,000
2. Normani Kordei — 192,000
3. David Ross — 183,000
4. Bonner Bolton — 167,000
5. Heather Morris — 148,000
6. Rashad Jennings — 80,000
7. Erika Jayne — 71,000
8. Nick Viall — 70,000
9. Nancy Kerrigan — 56,000
10. Charo — 52,000
11. Chris Kattan — 41,000
12. Mr. T — 34,000
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